Military Members Seek Apology for NBC News Correspondent's Chris Kyle Comments
High-ranking former military members are now demanding an apology after NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin suggested Chris Kyle was a "racist" who went on "killing sprees."
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell and 65 former military members – including 22 admirals and generals – are demanding an apology from NBC's parent company Comcast after Mohyeldin’s statements on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“We are deeply concerned by NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin’s suggestions… that Chris Kyle, the real ‘American Sniper,’ was a ‘racist’ whose military missions were 'killing sprees,'” the letter says, calling Mohyeldin’s statements “callous and ignorant.”
Mohyeldin’s statements were an inexcusable slap in the face to the widow of Chris Kyle and to all those in the armed forces who continue to serve our country in harm’s way. Such rants do not add anything to a thoughtful discussion of public policy regarding Iraq.
As a Navy SEAL who tirelessly protected his comrades and killed terrorists, Chris Kyle undoubtedly saved hundreds, if not thousands, of lives, both military and civilian.
He is a hero, not a talking point for a smug journalist.
It has been more than a week since Mohyeldin uttered his hateful, thoughtless smears on air. Despite a massive outcry from the public, NBC News has neither apologized nor taken responsibility for these comments.
We understand that as members of the board of Comcast, the parent company of NBC, you may not be privy to how NBC News responds to such situations. However, your stockholders, advertisers, NBC News viewers, and the public have a right to know: Is it the policy of NBC News to allow its own reporters to make inaccurate and insulting editorial comments on its airwaves, aimed at our soldiers who gave their lives for their country? Is it the policy of NBC News to ignore the scandal and hope it goes away?
Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist challenged Mohyeldin’s statements on the Jan. 29 segment. NBC News and Comcast have not yet spoken out about the remarks.